Tiger steps up title challenge
Tiger Woods will go into the weekend at the Honda Classic in a tie for 14th place and just four shots behind joint-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark.
In ultra-tough conditions at PGA National in Florida, Woods managed to grind out a one-over-par 71 in his second round. That cam after an opening 70 and put him one-over for the tournament.
The 14-time major winner, who is playing the third event of his comeback following a year off recovering from injury, suffered an early bogey at the second hole but then hit back with birdies at the fourth and ninth.
With others dropping shots all around him, Woods dug deep with five pars but then suffered a real wobble with a double bogey at the 15th after finding water and another bogey at 16.
But any doubts that he would cave in further over the final two holes were eradicated when he hit his shot over water at 17 to 12 feet and drained the putt for a bounceback birdie. A closing par completed a solid day.
"I really played well today," said Woods. "It was just tough scoring. It really is hard to make birdies. At least I found it hard. It was hard to get the ball close, even if the ball is on the fairway, it's still very difficult to get the ball close, with the wind blowing as hard as it is. Once you put the ball in birdie range, it's hard to make putts out here.
"I'm just being very steady. I'm trying to make a lot of pars, maybe sprinkle in a birdie here and there. It's going to come down to a pretty bunched leaderboard on Sunday.
"I feel like I'm right there. I'm right where I can win a golf tournament. You know, four back on this golf course with 36 holes to go, I mean, anybody can win this golf tournament right now. It's wide open."
Woods is 3000/1 to win the Honda Classic, with Justin Thomas (-1) 1/7, Tommy Fleetwood (-2) 250/1 and Russell Henley (-2) 1000/1.
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